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Mombasa top cop commits suicide after killing woman

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Gunfire in a quaint Soko Mjinga area of Mtongwe in Likoni on Thursday evening fouled the Easter festivities countdown and added swell to rising cases of crimes of passion.

By the time the lone gun went silent, Likoni Deputy OCS Joab Omondi and small trader Peninah Kaimeti lay dead, side by side outside the latter’s kiosk.It is an intriguing story laced with tales of love, betrayal and jealousy, one which has left police officers and members of their families as confounded as they are divided.

While one account, backed by witnesses, has it that the cop executed the woman before turning the gun on himself, another account talks of a mystery man who sprayed the two with bullets before vanishing in the dark.

“We were seated with my sister Peninah, another cousin Jamila and my wife Kanana when the armed officer arrived.The deceased was seated at the middle and he shot her on the forehead before shooting himself too at a distance,” Dennis Kaburu, Peninah’s brother who was at scene said.Kaburu denies that her sister and Omondi were lovers.

Instead, he confirmed that her sister was once married to a military officer attached to Mtongwe Navy and they had two children together aged 11 and seven.

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The two however had separated a few months ago after a dispute.“We have never seen or heard about the killer officer before.

They were never together with my sister and this is the first time we are hearing about him,” said a pained Kaburu.

Likoni Deputy OCS Joab Omondi who shot himself after killing his girlfriend Peninah Kaimet at Likoni’s Mtongwe area in Mombasa County early on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Likoni police boss Benjamin Rotich said Omondi had been the deputy OCS for three months. He said the officer left the station at 7.30pm on Thursday in a jovial mood. Witnesses said he then downed copious amounts of liquor at a local bar.

Some accounts say he openly, told anyone in the bar who could listen that he was about to do something terrible.He then whipped out his Ceska G5969 pistol and walked into the darkness, where his victim was seated with her relatives chewing miraa.

Missed target

She had barely started to enjoy the few bottles of beer that she had brought from the bar when Omondi arrived, fired one round in the air, ordered the music switched off and turned on Peninah, striking her in the forehead.It is claimed he took another aim at Kaburu but missed target.

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After a short lull, a crowd gathered and surged towards Omondi, who was still standing over his victim. He then pointed his gun towards his neck and pulled the trigger.

He collapsed into the ground after a single shot. In the meantime, Peninah was rushed to Coast General hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Relatives and friends in a sombre mood around the scene where Peninah Kaimet was shot by the Likoni Deputy OCS Joab Omondi who later also shot himself dead at Likoni’s Mtongwe area in Mombasa County early on Friday, April 19, 2019. [Weldon Kipkemoi, Standard]

A police officer who asked not to be identified, said Omondi had appeared disturbed in recent weeks over something.

The officer claimed Omondi and Peninah had a brief affair.Caroline Kanana, her sister-in-law who also witnessed the killing said the officer was after Peninah because he singled her out of a group of four seated outside her shop.

“He would have killed us all but he was clearly after Peninah. He removed a small gun from his chest and shot her once in the forehead,” said Kanana.Another man Sammy Itare claimed Omondi had threatened to do something heinous while drinking in the bar.“We heard from his friend that he announced he was going to do something but he did not explain what was it,” said Itare.

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UoN masters degree finalist who sells eggs appeals for a job

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A jobless graduate who’s finalising his masters degree is appealing for well-wishers to give him a job. Dennis Obiri Ogola from Ndumbuini in Kabete sells boiled eggs despite having a diploma, degree and is set to complete his master’s programme in early 2021.

“I’m currently doing my masters and I’m in my last semester of the coursework. I have a diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management from the Kenya Institute of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Procurement and Supply Chain Management option) from the University of Nairobi,” says Dennis.

Humble background, hawking eggs, rent arrears

The soft-spoken Dennis hails from a humble background and is the firstborn in a family of six children. Wellwishers enabled him to pursue his studies and he dreams of helping his younger siblings get a good education.

“I was helped by a children’s home to complete my primary school education. I joined high school in the same children’s home and because of my good manners, they offered to further my education. I did my diploma and after scoring a second class (upper division) in my degree, I got sponsors for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme at UoN,” he says.

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Dennis got into the eggs business after another well-wisher was touched by his plight and gave him the startup capital even though the proceeds scarcely meets his needs. On a good day, he makes Sh300 profit which he reinvests in the business, leaving him with peanuts to live off.

“I have some rent arrears but I spoke to the landlord and he’s understanding- but at the end of the day, he wants money.” Photo: Courtesy.

 “After hearing of my situation, an empathetic Human Resource practitioner in a financial institution gave me capital to start this business selling eggs and smokies. In a day, I sell a tray of boiled eggs at Sh600 (Sh20 per egg), making a Sh300 profit. I spend Sh300 on eggs for the next day and use some of the remaining money buy saviets, onions and tomatoes for kachumbari , wrapping papers and tomato sauce. The remainder of the money cannot pay my rent. I have some rent arrears but I spoke to the landlord and he’s understanding- but at the end of the day, he wants money,” he says.

“The far I’ve reached, it’s taken a lot of patience and perseverance. I would like to appeal to anyone with a job to offer me the opportunity. I dream of at least helping my siblings,” concludes Dennis, who has over ten certificates.

You can reach Dennis on 0705446010.

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Aisha Jumwa, aide fail to take plea in murder case

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa and her aide Geoffrey Otieno will spend another night in police cells pending bail ruling in a murder case against them.

The two were arraigned in a Mombasa court on Thursday and charged with the murder of Gumbao Jola who was killed in the chaos that ensued during campaigns for a by-election in Ganda Ward on October 15, 2019.

They denied the charges before Mombasa High Court Judge Lady Justice Njoki Mwangi.

The defence lawyers led by Danstan Omari, Jared Magolo and Cliff Ombeta asked the court to release the suspects on reasonable bail terms.

The lawyers accused the state of frustrating the lawmaker who is also facing graft charges and urged the court to free the two on bail.

Earlier in the day, Justice Mwangi was forced to briefly defer plea taking to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP’s) office to avail missing mental assessment report for Jumwa’s co-accused.

The judge also questioned the validity of Ms Jumwa’s medical report, which the court noted bears a signature that’s not that of a psychiatric known to be conducting the assessments in Mombasa.

The prosecution, however, explained that the medic who appends his signatures on the report has retired and that the procedure was done by his colleague who is currently in charge.

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Comedian Othuol Othuol’s father speaks for the first time following son’s death

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Father to the late Churchill show comedian Othuol Othuol has today spoken for the first time and revealed that he was against his son’s comedy career.

Peter Omondi, Othuol’s father, disclosed that he always felt like comedy was a lazy man’s career which he did not want his son participating in.

Due to his father being against his dream career, the late Othuol Othuol had to leave home in Nyanza unknowingly and go to Nairobi where he joined Churchill’s comedy group.

However, with time as his son’s popularity grew, the late Othuol Othuols’s said that he came to accept his chosen career.

Othuol’s new path and fame brought a lot of popularity in the family that his father had to always be careful wherever he went.

This fact gave Othuol’s father so much pride as he realised that he now had someone to answer to and protect his image.

Speaking about his son’s life, Peter Omondi said that Othuol’s passion for comedy began at a very early age.

He wished that he knew better to encourage his son’s passion instead of discouraging him. He was very proud that Othuol still forced himself to do what he loved.

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“I didn’t want him to do comedy. I always thought comedy was for those who didn’t want to work hard. From that, i knew that you must identify your kid’s talent and be serious with it,” Othuol’s father said.

The 56-year-old Peter, also talked about a side of Othuol Othuol that many people did not know about.

According to him, his son Othuol was a brilliant kid in school who would often be in the first position.

However, he would always turn the tables around and become last in his class in case his parents failed to acknowledge his efforts.

Othuol’s character was also very surprising to his father, as the late comedian always hang out with kids below his age and joke around a lot.

According to Peter, Othuol did not like being around his peers or older kids.

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